Ingenu and Koncar INEM have delivered a robust Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity solution to provide digital oilfield capabilities to the Shell Nigeria pipeline facility, at a significant cost savings of over $1m in infrastructure investment.
Integrated and supported by Upland Consulting, a technology services firm based in Nigeria, the Digital Oilfield (DOF) solution provides pipeline surveillance and wellhead monitoring capabilities to remote infrastructure in the Niger Delta.
The DOF solution combines IT automation and instrumentation technologies to provide a support platform to utilize remote field data while optimizing operational efficiencies. This integrated technology platform offers faster analysis and more efficient data management to provide insight into field processes, resulting in safe and efficient oilfield operation.
In addition to Ingenu’s RPMA (Random Phase Multiple Access) network technology, Shell evaluated communications solutions, including satellite, PI to SMS, and GPRS (general packet radio service). Each of RPMA’s competitors required significant infrastructure investment for towers, radios, data communications equipment, battery banks, logistics and installation. Conversely, Ingenu’s low-power, wide-area RPMA network solution required minimal infrastructure, which resulted in a total project cost savings of more than $1 million over the alternatives.
Utilizing end-point devices enabled with RPMA, KONCAR provided Shell Nigeria with a collection of field data pertaining to pipeline pressure, temperature, and flow. The KONCAR Remote Terminal Units and wireless pressure and temperature transmitters were installed in flow stations, manifolds, and wellheads to provide connection from the field to the back office, ensuring reliable information transmission.
"Upland evaluated several communication technologies to present Shell Nigeria with a solution to replace its manual oilfield data collection processes," said Bola Awobamise, president and CEO, Upland Consulting Nigeria, Ltd. "The key criteria for selecting a solution were the technology’s ability to cover difficult terrain, power performance, and long-range transmission as well as network scalability, two-way communications, and secure data transmission. Ingenu’s RPMA offered all of these attributes and eclipsed the competition with its connectivity, network capacity, and exceptional value."